New Dehli-based firm Anagram Architects have designed the office building for the ‘South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre’, or SAHRDC, a non-governmental rights organization in New Dehli, India. The group desired an interior with efficient space planning and overall cost-effective construction to run their day-to-day activities, which includes an internship program. positioned upon a busy street corner with pedestrian hustle and bustle. The small 50 square meter plot required a way to block the intrusive acoustical and visual problems along with direct solar gain also occurs along the 10 meter side of the plot.
These considerations led to a fortification from the street with a masonry wall which lightens its overall mass by integrating a pattern of penetrations. The screen features a cubic module of rotated bricks which has been repeated, allowing ventilation and daylight to pass through while producing the imagery of South Asian brise-soleils. The arrangement is comprised of 6 brick components with the standard dimensions used in India: 230mm x 115mm x 75mm. horizontal interlocking from the stacked overlapping reinforces the structure along with a thin concrete beam within the cavity from the absence of a brick.